Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew admits he is feeling the warmth because the Suns look to arrest their AFL slide in a defining conflict with North Melbourne subsequent weekend.
The Suns (4-9) have been nicely off the tempo in a 50-point loss to Port Adelaide on the Gold Coast on Saturday, conceding seven straight targets to kill the competition off earlier than halftime.
Damage to captain David Swallow (head knock) and Lachie Weller (hamstring) added additional complications for Dew and a aspect that has now managed simply three wins from 40 video games within the second half of seasons since 2017.
The 12.9 (81) to 4.7 (31) noticed them narrowly overcome their club-record low mark of 20 factors set in 2017, however wasn’t an enchancment on final week’s poor exhibiting in opposition to Fremantle.
The loss was their fifth in six video games since back-to-back wins over Sydney and Collingwood appeared to have set them on the trail to a maiden finals marketing campaign.
As a substitute, they’re sixteenth and three wins exterior the eight with 9 rounds remaining forward of a gathering with the bettering Kangaroos in Hobart.
“If the membership’s underneath the pump, then, in fact, I am underneath the pump,” Dew stated.
“However to be honest, that is each week; I do not suppose it fluctuates as a lot because it does externally. For me, it is at a wholesome degree.
“It is (the North Melbourne conflict) an important problem for us, we’ll have each skippers out however we’re on the lookout for others to step up, step in.”
He stated “at completely different instances in situations and contests it could actually look a bit bit like males v boys” however stated the very fact 10 of Port’s 12 targets got here from intercepts ought to give them hope.
“We’re in charge of extra of our scores in opposition to than maybe what we imagine,” he stated.
“We are able to management the sport much more than what we’re.”